It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our loving Mom, wife, sister, Auntie, Grammare and friend. Marilyn passed away peacefully at the Nanaimo Regional Hospital on Wednesday November 18, 2015 in the Palliative Care Unit surrounded by her loving family.
Marilyn was born and raised in Ocean Falls on the BC Central Coast, where she always cherished her relationship to the special and tight knit community and the vast group of friends that she and Tim had amongst “Rain People”.
Marilyn was athletic in her youth and competed in softball, basketball and competitive swimming. Her love of swimming naturally led her to the role as a coach for the Quesnel Sealions swimclub when her daughters became swimmers themselves. In her adult life Marilyn fell in love with curling and golf and became an active member of both the Quesnel and Nanaimo Curling and Golf clubs. Her love of sports, was transferred to both of her daughters and her grandchildren, and after her playing and coaching days ended she became a vocal supporter at curling rinks, soccer pitches, softball fields, ice rinks, dance theaters, and gymnasiums all over the province. Marilyn was also very actively involved and a member of the Trinity Untied Church for many years. She strongly believed in her faith!
There are countless stories of Marilyn’s compassion, kindness, and never ending energy for help helping others. She loved to be surrounded by her family and friends doing what she enjoyed the most; preparing delicious meals, baking cookies with the neighbourhood children, and sharing memories and special times.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Tim, her daughters Traci (Dan) and Kari (Mike), her grandchildren Courtney, Jordan, Alena, Madison and Timothy as well as her siblings, Harold, Reg (Margie), Wayne (Maureen) and Sylvette (Claude).
We will all miss her warm snuggles, unconditional love and zest for life!
A memorial service celebrating Marilyn’s life will be held on Thursday November 26th at 1:00pm at the Trinity United Church at 6234 Spartan Rd. in Nanaimo.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you please consider a donation to the Trinity United Church or the Canadian Cancer Society in Marilyn’s name.